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An acclaimed monologue based on the experiences of former patients at Denbigh Mental Hospital is set to tour Wales this July.

Penned by author Aled Jones Williams and starring Ffion Dafis, Anweledig (invisible) is a Welsh language drama that tackles severe depression.

Last year theatre critic Lowri Haf Cooke described the Welsh language performance as the “highlight of the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh.”

“Feedback from last year’s performance was amazing, and we decided that it merited a wider audience,” said Anweledig director Iola Ynyr.

The powerful and harrowing one-women show follows Glenda, a middle-aged woman who suffers from severe depression, and the lack of understanding from those closest to her only adds to her anxiety.

“People were prepared to come and talk to me after the show and tell me how much the words had touched them,” said Ffion Dafis, star of TV series like Amdani and Rownd a Rownd.

“One woman told me she had suffered from depression for years and she couldn’t put into words what is was like, but Aled had found the words to explain how she felt.”

Menai Bridge based theatre company Cwmni’r Frân Wen responded to a request by psychiatric doctors in Bangor to look into some of the medical records of the old mental hospital in Denbigh – with the aim of using theatre to tell the story.

Because of his ability and sensitivity – and indeed his experience – author Aled Jones Williams was the first name on Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s list to script this powerful drama. 

Anweledig is the first stage of the project – the first act in three. The three acts will then combine to form a drama that will give a voice and platform to an illness that is often kept hidden.

“I’m hoping that Anweledig’s seeds were sown in last year’s Eisteddfod, and that it will flourish during this tour,” added Ffion.

Cwmni’r Frân Wen also commissioned musician and composer Lisa Jên Brown to create the score for the performance.

This intimate show has limited audience capacity so it’s advisable to book tickets early to avoid disappointment.

* For further details visit The tour, which begins on the 10th of July, visits Llanbedrog, Carmarthen, Caernarfon, Llangefni, Ruthin, Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Llandudno.


10/07/14 | Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Llanbedrog | 01758 740763 | 7.30pm
11/07/14 | Oriel Myrddin, Caerfyrddin | 01248 715048 | 7.30pm
14/07/14 | Galeri, Caernarfon | 01286 685222 | 8pm
15/07/14 | Galeri, Caernarfon | 01286 685222 | 8pm
16/07/14 | Neuadd y Dref, Llangefni | 01248 715048 | 7.30pm
17/07/14 | Canolfan Gymunedol Llanfwrog, Rhuthun | 01248 715048 | 7.30pm
18/07/14 | Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth | 01970 617998 | 7.30pm
22/07/14 | Coleg Cerdd a Drama, Caerdydd | 01248 715048 | 7.30pm
23/07/14 | Coleg Cerdd a Drama, Caerdydd | 01248 715048 | 7.30pm
25/07/14 | Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno | 01248 715048 | 7.30pm

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